Are you wondering whether it’s really important to provide sexual harassment prevention training to the manager or employers of your company? A better question to ask yourself is if your organization is able to pay the cost of potential failure to provide this type of training. Sexual harassment in the workplace occurs in many forms and is not always clear, especially for those who don’t know about such law.
Top Reasons Why Managers Need Workplace Sexual Harassment Training
- Risk Management
No organization is too small or too large to face charges of sexual harassment, and the occurrence of these types of allegations is certainly not decreasing. In fact, the opposite is true. During Fiscal Year 2008 alone, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received nearly 14,000 workplace sexual harassment charges.
- Employer Liability
Keep in mind that the employers are responsible for the actions of their employees and other agents that represent them, regardless of whether or not the behavior is against other policy.
The fact that your company policy states that harassment isn’t allowed is not a sufficient defense. As a business leader, you are responsible for creating a culture that is free from harassment, and that has to start with ensuring that managers truly understand – and act on – their responsibilities in this area.